Department of Environmental Management Engineering, Faculty of Environmental Science and Technology, Okayama University

Japanese Graduate School of Environmental and Life Science, Division of Social Engineering and Environmental Management, Department of Rural Environment Management

Curriculum of the department

In the first two years, students study liberal arts to obtain a wide range of knowledge and basic backgrounds. At the same time, they start learning their major subjects.

Major subjects are roughly classified as theoretical or applied subjects. Prime subjects extracted from the major subjects are categorized by color: “physics”, “chemistry”, “biology”, “geology”, “informatics and mathematics”, and “social sciences,” as shown in the diagram below. See the “Syllabus/Flow of specialized education” for details. Major subjects are designed to give students an academic base for application to the harmonious coexistence of humans and nature, including the earth, water, and vegetation.

After mastering these major subjects, students write a graduation thesis that contains all the knowledge they have obtained. Further, they are required to think of, plan, and conduct their own research. Mastering these subjects will enable students to succeed in the world as environmental specialists who can contribute to community planning, mainly targeted at nature and the rural environment.

Basic subjects

Fundamental Methods for analyzing physical phenomena
  • Introduction of Physics
  • Introduction of Fluid Mechanics
Fundamental Chemistry on environmental problems
  • Modern Chemistry
Fundamental Biology on environmental problems
  • Biosphere and Ecosystem
  • Environmental Biology
Fundamental Earth Sciences (Geology and Meteorology) on Environmental Problems
  • The Earth and Environment
  • Fundamentals of Earth Science
  • Environmental Meteorology
Fundamental Social Science on Environmental Problems
  • Environment and Geography
Informatics and mathematics for analyzing environmental problems
  • Introduction to Information Processing
  • Analysis of Environmental Information
  • Statistics
  • Advanced Analysis
  • Introduction to Applied Mathematics
Comprehensive Subject on Environmental Management
  • Practical Water Environment Science and Practice Training 1
  • Practical Water Environment Science and Practice Training 2

Applied subjects

  • Fundamental Terrestrial Information
  • Fundamental Terrestrial Information Practice
Studies on Physical Phenomena in Soils
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Soil Physics
  • Water and Solute Movement in Soils
  • Experimental Course of Environmental Soil Science
Studies on Chemical Properties of Soils
  • Introductory Soil Science
  • Soil Quality Management
Application of Biology to Environmental Problems
  • Vegetation Management
  • Freshwater Vegetation Management
  • Forest Ecosystem and Management
  • Aquatic Zoology
  • Laboratory of Environmental Biology
Studies on Meteorological and Hydrological Cycle
  • Environmental Meteorology
  • Catchment Hydrology
  • Management of Hydrological Environment
  • Laboratory Water Management
Creating Regional Landscape
  • Region and Landscape
  • Landscape Management
Design Methods for Hydraulic Structures
  • Structural Mechanics
  • Design of Irrigation Engineering
  • Experiments on Soil and Concrete Materials
Studies on Management for Water and Agricultural Land
  • Water Resources and Irrigation Planning
  • Management of Agricultural Land
Theories on Regional Development
  • Land Use Planning
  • Theories of Regional Development
  • Management of Public Goods
  • Rural Planning
  • Rural Development